Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Day in Da Life of a Runna

Now that I'm an Official Runner I'm finding it's not all PRs and glory! Whoda thunk it?

- Been having suspicious pain on the bottom of my left heel after I run. Makes me limp for a day or more after a workout. Accepted it was probably time for new shoes. (Been avoiding the purchase because in my twisted logic I never really ran in the new ones I bought last year, overlooking the teeny little detail that I did work out in them through a pregnancy.)

- So I go to order new ones... and my beloved 'I finally found a shoe that really works for me' Mizuno Wave Rider 10s have been... (wait for it)... discontinued.

- Actually, that whole discontinued shoe thing makes me REALLY feel like a Real Runner, major hassle notwithstanding (I have to drive 60 miles to the Fleet Feet to get a decent fitting for my goofy size feet).

But on the bright side...

I snuck in a quick naptime treadmill run the other day and got some very encouraging results. I managed to run at a 13:40 pace for 20 minutes, and maintained a HR of 155 the whole time.


A year ago this week... wait, scratch that, a year ago this week I was peeing on a stick and going "Ho. Ly. SHIT!" Kay. A year and a week ago at that pace my HR would start somewhere in the 160s, shoot out of control no matter how much I slowed down, hang out for a while in the 190s and finally creep over 200 until I decided to stop before I died.

My official Holy Crap I Really Signed Up For a Half-Marathon Training Plan kicks in next week, and even with nearly double the time recommended I wasn't sure I could make it. But this latest workout has got me all kinds of optimistic!

Cause ya know what? A 3 hour half marathon is still a half-marathon!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Too Cool for a Chick Like Me

Remember... oooh, 'bout a year back how I was gushing about how seriously cool PT Chris was, and how she KNOWS Dave Scott and she sees him occasionally when she visits her brother in Colorado?

DUDES. Look what she got for me....

Now I've got something to hang on that blank wall next to my treadmill!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mixed Emotions

Is it possible to be genuinely happy and excited for someone while being massively jealous?!
(and I'm very ashamed to admit, a teeny tiny eensy bit resentful)

I have this friend in my 'other' life. She's one of those girls with a spectacularly perfect body she's never had to work for.

So, she took up running last week.

And loves it so much she's signing up for this year's Chicago Marathon.

One. Week. It's that easy for her.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Safety Race

Congratulations! You have successfully registered for the 2008 US Women's Triathlon Series - Naperville.

This is the only tri I think I'll be doing this year. The baby, work and training for the half marathon are enough for me to juggle. This sprint tri is like an old friend; it's the one I even managed to pull off 4 months pregnant.

Good thing it's an easy one, 'cause it's in about 12 weeks and my wrist just went all wonky. Doctor's not sure why, but it seems to be related to using that hand to hold the majority of the baby's weight. I'm currently wearing a very sexy splint, and am temporarily not allowed to swim, bike or do any yoga poses that puts weight on it. GAH!

At least I can still run, right? Except that I just came down with an icky coughy sinus thing.

So at the moment, the closest I can come to actually being a triathlete is sitting on the couch with my laptop and registering for races : D

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I want to send out a HUGE thank you and giant hugs to Tri Blogger MommyMeepa for the extremely cool, very thoughtful and just generally kick-ass gift she got for the Little Geek!

She saw it at a rummage sale and said she thought of us right away - how sweet is that?! How lucky am I to live near such awesome tri blogger friend?!

I can't imagine a cuter or more perfect way to introduce my little guy to his first road bike...

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A Glutton for Punishment

You have been successfully registered for the following:
Registration: The Chicago Distance Classic Half Marathon presented by Bank of America
Purchase Date: 03/05/08
Category: Chicago Distance Classic Half Marathon presented by Bank of America
Event Date: 08/10/08

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

I've Created a Monster

Yay for tax refunds and off-season sales! I ended up getting my dream treadmill for several hundred less than I expected, and it so rocks.

The bonus is now I have a way to exercise Kona when it's too cold or slushy to run him outside. The only problem is he loves it so much we're already fighting over whose turn it is...